Choosing a tour – What to keep in mind

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When choosing a tour, there are many tour operators on the market, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, offering impressive products at varying prices. Selecting a trip is complicated and, at times, a stressful decision. Trying to decide who has the best hotels, the best sightseeing, the best meals, or the most highlights can give you a few sleepless nights.

One of the best travel packages on the market in recent years is Experiences by bwd vacations. Experiences are a series of tours created by bwd vacations to provide the complete vacation package.

They design each trip to offer their guests the maximum quality, comfort and freedom at a very competitive price.

At first glance, their prices appear a little high. Once you go through the itinerary and see the quality of hotels, the number of inclusions, the standard of meals, the number of included shows and spectaculars, along with the free time guests have, they become great value for money.

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The list of possibilities seems endless when deciding on your next trip
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Always start by choosing the place you most want to visit

Here is a list of a few key factors you should keep in mind when deciding which tour operator to travel with and how Experiences by bwd vacations address each of them.

Group Size

In our new post COVID-19 world, group size is essential for anyone thinking of travelling.

A tour operator’s ability to control their group’s environment will be vital for future tourism.

A smaller group creates a safer & more controlled travelling environment allowing everyone to relax and enjoy their vacation to the fullest.

For 2022 all bwd vacations tours will be limited to 16 guests. With only 16 people, not only is your trip safer, but each person receives more personalised attention, ensuring their journey becomes a stress-free holiday of a lifetime.

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Standard of Hotels

The standard of accommodation on any vacation is essential, but its location is just as important. Well-located hotels make it easier for you to explore the destinations independently to take advantage of local shops, stores and restaurants. For those wishing to travel downtown, a well-located hotel makes your journey and your return effortless.

bwd vacations Selective Hotels are four or five stars except in places where that accommodation standard doesn’t exist.  The neighbourhoods of their hotels are just as impressive as the services each hotel offers. In Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach, the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires and downtown Santiago de Compostela are just a few examples where bwd vacations provide their guests with quality and convenience.

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The location of your hotel is as important as the services it offers
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Accommodation is important on any vacation

Dining and Gastronomy

Gastronomy is an essential part of any vacation, whether it is a meal in a restaurant or a regional speciality from a food stand. Eating is something you do every day, so it is a significant factor to consider when choosing your tour. When reminiscing about a vacation, you often remember that fantastic breakfast or that unbelievable dinner, although you probably can’t remember where it was.

bwd vacations design their itineraries to include each destination’s sights along with the local flavours and aromas in their included breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They then take this idea taken one step further, with visits to local markets and allow their guests to see the variety of local products available and the ingredients of many local dishes.

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One of the many highlights of a tour is dining with others

Optional or Included

Having worked as a Travel Director for almost 30 years, optional excursions are a topic that arises on nearly every tour I have done. Offering optional excursions, tour operators can lower their retail price, making it more attractive in the marketplace.

There are several downsides to this, the most obvious one being that guests will have to pay for many of the highlights whilst on tour. Another downside of this is the lack of free time. Itineraries are typically quite packed; when you add more, something has to come out, and that generally is your amount of free time.

All bwd vacations trips include everything you need to make your vacation an incredible experience. They incorporate all sightseeing, regional meals, transport, shows and spectacles, which they believe to be essential for your vacation. There are no decisions to make, no extra charges to pay for, and everybody can enjoy every activity with their fellow travellers.

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With optional excursions, they traditionally are decided and paid for whilst on the tour

Local Experiences

To appreciate a destination fully, you need to understand what it’s like to live there. Each bwd vacations tour includes authentic local experiences. These inclusions give their guests a chance to see where other people live, meet them, talk to them, and listen to them. The types of local experiences they offer are;

Featured Evenings – It seems a little strange to visit Seville and not see a Flamenco show or Rio and not see a Samba spectacular. Featured evenings include shows and spectaculars highlighting regional music, dance and song.

Like a Local – Want to know who bakes the best cakes, where they make the best Pisco Sour, or where the best sunset is? Like a local are included visits to the places the locals know, to try the things that locals try and to do the things the locals do.

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Meeting the locals on your tour can leave you with some incredible memories
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Evening shows and spectaculars are a highlight on many tours

Free Time

The amount of free time is crucial when choosing a tour. Travelling is tiring, so time to rest, catch up on emails, organise photos or just switch off for a while is something you will want on your tour.  It also allows you time to do the things you planned on doing before you left home, along with the visits organised by the tour operator.

At bwd vacations, they design all their itineraries to give their guests the maximum amount of free time. Whether you want to independently explore a destination in a little more in-depth or relax at the hotel, bwd vacations give you the chance to do what you want.

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Free time allows you to do the things you planned on doing before you left home

More 2 & 3 night stops

When you choose a tour, the pace of the trip is crucial. Many 1-night stops mean a much more rushed itinerary, less free time and no allowances for any problems that may come up during the day.

In designing their itineraries, one of bwd vacations goals is to slow their trips down. Therefore, all their itineraries include many 2 & 3 night stops allowing their guests the chance to enjoy the destinations to the fullest.

These are just a few of the things you should consider when booking a tour or trip. The places visited, the dates available, the travel directors, the local guides and tour operators reputation are other examples. My best recommendation is, to begin with, an open mind and look at several tour operators. In that list, however, you should include Experiences by bwd vacations as their overall package is very competitive

For 2022 Experiences by bwd vacations are offering the Highlights of South America, Introduction to Peru and El Camino – the way to Santiago.

This article should give you some ideas on what to look for when choosing your next tour and tour operator.